Do you ever look through the tins at estate sales? Especially when they seem out of place, like this random toffee and chocolates tin that was left in the "craft/sewing" area of the sale. Instinctively, I knew what was in it. I slightly shook the box and could hear the familiar sound of buttons rattling around. My mom kept all of her loose buttons in a similar tin. I remember I would go through her button tin while she was at her sewing machine. I would try to find matches and lay them out. Occasionally she would ask me to find a blue button, or a red one, something about "this big" she gestured with her fingers. Did she really need it? I don't know, but I loved being a part of whatever it was she was making so I happily dug through old the buttons hoping to find the "one."
These old tins are really little treasure boxes. I have found old coins and jewelry among the buttons. I've also found dead bugs. Ewww, I know. There were times when I would dump moms button tin on to the carpeted floor and then scoop them back in again. I'm sure I picked up more then buttons when I did that. I imagine this is how most of the "yuck" I've found in these old tins gets in there.
These vintage "button" tins are probably a thing of the past. I don't hear of many modern day users. I have mine, but I also have buttons in mason jars and other containers. I'm very happy to find these at sales and such. They are a treasure to me! What about you? Where do keep your buttons?
I'm sharing my button tin with